The Unbounded Spirit ~ Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Validated

Thanks to RMN for pointing to this timely piece, which goes so well with yesterday’s post, “3 Tree Interventions and a 10/10 1-Day Special.”

The Unbounded Spirit ~ Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Validated

It has been recently scientifically validated that hugging trees is good for you. Research has shown that you don’t even have to touch a tree to get better, you just need to be within its vicinity has a beneficial effect.

In a recently published book, Blinded by Science, the author Matthew Silverstone, proves scientifically that trees do in fact improve many health issues such as concentration levels, reaction times, depression, stress and other various forms of mental illness. He even points to research indicating a tree’s ability to alleviate headaches in humans seeking relief by communing with trees.

The author points to a number of studies that have shown that children show significant psychological and physiological improvement in terms of their health and well being when they interact with plants and trees. Specifically, the research indicates that children function better cognitively and emotionally in green environments and have more creative play in green areas. Also, he quotes a major public health report that investigated the association between green spaces and mental health concluded that “access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and wellbeing.”

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by seattle72 on October 10, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Yes! Trees are truly amazing beings. Whenever I feel anxious, nervous or sad, being near Trees really calms me down. I think it reinforces the idea that some so-called mental health issues are actually our own properly functioning alarm systems telling us we might be better off in a different environment, as opposed to indicating someone just has faulty wiring, so to speak. Funny how that works…

    I’m so very relieved your beloved Maples are still standing. I too cry when I learn of plans to fell our dear friends. I got in trouble at work a few years back for writing a scathing email to the City for taking down the beautiful trees near the building. Someone wanted firewood, is what I think was behind that scheme. They cited safety issues of a power line that was at least 30 feet higher than these trees. I asked them if they really believed the trees would shoot up vertically 30+ feet any time soon… They did say they were diseased, which I can’t verify. I did see our handyman driving off with a full chord of firewood for the coming winter, however.

    People would loose their sh!t if others did to us what we do to Trees and the many other living beings who share this planet. It would be a crime against humanity and in some cases genocide. As long as we are the assassins and non humans the victims, then our collective conscious turns a blind eye.

    I echo your prayers, Laura.

    “May the People on shore awaken from trance and return to their hearts, their souls, their soil, their kin, their homes, their friends, their communities, their lives. May they live, love and create in peace. May prosperity and harmony return to the Land and Her People.

    May it be so, and soon.”



  2. Posted by Linda on October 11, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Wonderful article, Laura – thanks for posting! Really enjoyed the video.

    Roughly 50 years ago, when in high school (probably for Biology class), I did an experiment where I grew two philodendrons (probably the easiest “house plant” to grow) in the dark in boxes with music. One was grown with classical music; the other, with then current “rock.” Interestingly (tho’ not surprisingly now), the one grown to classical music looked like a normal, healthy philodendron; the one grown to rock looked, seriously, like a mutant.

    Tells you something about music and it being a common language. Never followed up on it and have never forgotten it. Again, Thx.



  3. To allay fears regarding fire wood. The trees still weave thier magic in our fireplaces. Trees preferred method to leave is by fire. Which makes sense when you think about it.



  4. Yeah love a good tree hug. I often get excited and forget to ask them for permission before entering their energy field. It’s rare but I have met trees which are angry or give off an uncomfortable energy.

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